If you have recently received a diagnosis of prostate cancer, the Doctors of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona --a Phoenix-based medical practice-- may recommend a form of hormone therapy to slow the speed of cancerous growth and increase life expectancy. As prostate cancer is fueled by the male hormone, testosterone and related hormones called androgens, the goal of hormonal therapy is to permanently or temporarily block, counteract, or eliminate the production of the aforementioned catalysts.
Hormonal treatment for prostate cancer is not a cure. For this reason, prostate cancer hormone therapy is commonly used as a complement or pre-requisite for primary prostate cancer treatments, like prostate cancer surgery, brachytherapy, cryotherapy, and external beam radiation. The forms of hormonal therapy vary, but generally can be classified in one of the following categories:
As with many forms of treatment, hormone therapy presents a unique set of risks that vary by therapy type. The Urologists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona will gladly discuss these risk factors with patients prior to hormone therapy administration. Possible side effects include, but are not limited to, diarrhea, nausea, loss of sexual drive, breast growth and tenderness, weight gain, and fatigue.